adventures in geekdom

The blog of a twentysomething who is finally unleashing her inner geek after stifling it for the majority of her adolescence.

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I wear my nerd on my sleeve. (IMAGE-HEAVY!)

Aaaaahhhhh, finally! It’s taken me forever to get around to it, but I now present to you…my nerdy t-shirts! :D

^ This is a souvenir from The Whomping Willows show I went to a few years ago. This particular print is discontinued, but you can get an updated one from his merch shop. (Ignore my shadow in the lower right corner. That’s not a stain, just my head. xD)

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general update

Okay, I promise I have a good excuse for not posting in ages. There were some personal matters going on with The Boyfriend that required my attention, finals week kicked my butt, and of course there was that whole Rapture thing. (What, those jokes aren’t funny anymore? Oh. Uhm. *clears throat*)

HOWEVER! Here is the promised “recap post” about what I’ve been up to with most of my geeky activities I had previously blogged about.

magic: the gathering I actually haven’t played at all since January, when school started back up. :X I’ve really missed it, but seeing as I don’t have a ton of access to a car I can’t really make it to any Friday Night Magic events. Also, whenever The Boyfriend and I have been able to hang out, we’re usually studying together and trying to get homework done. So one of my summer geek goals is to get back into playing MTG, and to even attend a Friday Night Magic session.

lego harry potter: years 1-4 Another project that has fallen by the wayside due to school, but I plan on getting The Boyfriend (‘cause he’s the most fun to play it with :) over here to sit down and co-op with me so we can finish up all of the main levels, then I can focus on 100% competition after that. I’m currently on chapter 2 of Prisoner of Azkaban, which means it should only take about 1.5-2 hours of playtime to finish the rest of the game.

portal I finished it. I loved it. GLaDOS haunted my dreams and was the voice of my inner thoughts for weeks afterward. I’m not sure when I’ll be starting Portal 2, because I’d like to finish up the above projects before piling any more on myself, but I’m definitely looking forward to it whenever I do play it!

neopets Still failing at playing games, doing my dailies, and saving up those Neopoints. I might log on a little more often for the Altador Cup this summer, ‘cause Yooyuball is stupidly fun, but don’t get your hopes up. xD

etc. Harry and the Potters, as well as ALL CAPS and co., are touring this summer. I plan on attending and blogging about it afterwards, so look out for that!

Thanks for sticking with me, and here’s to a fantastically geeky summer!

all caps

This post is half-blog, half-shout out.

Last year, I discovered the glorious existence of wizard rock. I know, I know, I’m totally late to the party since wizard rock has been around for about as long as the Harry Potter books themselves, but now I’m completely 100% addicted.

Anyway, wizard rock led me to an even deeper obsession: nerd rock. How does that correlate? Kristina Horner of The Parselmouths and Luke Conard of Ministry of Magic came together in 2008 to form ALL CAPS. They’re known for such hits as “World of Warcraft Ruined My Life”, “Don’t Unplug Me”, and “Mrs. Nerimon”. (Personal favorites include “Trainers in Love”, “Delete You” and “Summer of 09”.)

Not only are Kristina and Luke immensely talented, they’re also ridiculously adorable both together and apart. *chinhands* So please, check them out at the links below:

YouTube
allcapsband
lukeconard
italktosnakes (aka Kristina)

Twitter
allcapsband
lukeconard
kristinahorner

magic: the gathering

Okay, so the weekend before finals probably wasn’t the greatest time to start a new internet project. But who cares about that? I now have a grand total of 8 followers! Most of whom I already know in real life! *throws confetti*

But in all honesty, thanks to everyone who’s following adventures in geekdom so far. I really appreciate it, and it motivates me to continue writing about my geeky exploits. :)

So, onto my first blog topic! I’m really excited about this one. It’s Magic: The Gathering! I was introduced to this game through the nerd band ALL CAPS when they made a vlog about going to a MTG draft. It piqued my interest, so I immediately text The Boyfriend and asked if he’d ever heard of this game. He had (I should have known, *facepalm*), and mentioned that he only had a gazillion cards left from when he used to play with his dad. Score!

After The Boyfriend taught me the basics, we set out to build our decks from all of his cards. I went with a blue deck because I thought the blue looked pretty, which was a very big mistake on my part. (I really need to break my attraction to “shiny things”, it’s probably going to get me into big trouble someday.) However, I found that using a blue deck straight out of the gate was pretty overwhelming because of the specifics of each card. It was difficult for me as a n00b beginner to grasp what I could and couldn’t do and how to make certain combos work, and I was getting frustrated. Fast.

To remedy my frustration, The Boyfriend and I set out to his favorite gaming store to pick me up an Intro Pack. Basically, each Intro Pack contains a ready-to-play 60-card deck featuring a 15-card booster pack. After looking at all of the different options, The Boyfriend and I decided on:

Yes, a red deck with some blue worked into it. The Boyfriend felt that it’d be a little easier for me to learn how to play the basic game with a deck that was 1) meant to be played with straight out of the box, and 2) really good at blowing shit up and dealing damage rather than focusing on counter-attacks and spells, which I can focus on when I’ve got the basics down. (I actually get a small taste of that from the few blue cards I have in this Intro Deck, which is nice.)

Once I opened my Intro Pack and started playing against The Boyfriend, we were both pretty stunned as to how good the deck was. I didn’t think an Intro Pack for any kind of card game would have resulted in such a great deck, and I didn’t get stuck with basic, generalized cards like I initially imagined I would. I also got some pretty awesome cards in the accompanying Booster Pack, so overall I’m pretty stoked.

So far, I’m pretty happy about MTG. Not only is The Boyfriend excited about playing again, but one of his friends has decided to get back into it and bought an Intro Pack himself (I believe he went with the blue and white deck), so I might actually be able to join in with the guys for a gaming session every now and again. :)

That’s it for now. As I mentioned above, I have finals coming up so I wouldn’t expect any new posts until later this week. (If I do post something, I give you all permission to poke and pester me as needed to quit procrastinating and to get back to work!)

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